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POSTED: Friday, March 30, 2012, 1:37 PM

Next week City Council will continue hearings on Mayor Nutter’s proposed budget.

Since Nutter revealed his budget plan earlier this month, nearly every Thursday as Council wraps-up its weekly session, members have spoke out about Nutter's plan to move to a property tax system that uses market values, collecting an extra $90 million along the way.

After Council's session yesterday, we asked City Council President Darrell Clarke about the issue.

POSTED: Friday, March 30, 2012, 11:42 AM

Interested in being on the city's Commission on Parks and Recreation? Check out the press release below to find out how you can apply.


Friday, March 30, 2012                                                         FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MAYOR NUTTER, COUNCIL PRESIDENT CLARKE ANNOUNCE APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR COMMISSION ON PARKS AND RECREATION

POSTED: Friday, March 30, 2012, 10:41 AM

The city is cracking down on sham minority contracts.

Young adults are jobless.

The School Reform Commission voted to close eight schools. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia School District faces a $186 million shortfall for this fiscal year.

POSTED: Thursday, March 29, 2012, 8:03 PM

State Rep. Louise Bishop was 12 years old when her stepfather stripped her of her innocence in the middle of the night inside of her Georgia home.

Bishop shared her story with City Council which voted Thursday, 16 to 0 to pass a resolution sponsored by Councilmen Bill Greenlee and Denny O'Brien urging the State Legislature to move forward on bills that would protect victims of childhood sexual abuse. [Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez was absent.]

"No one really understands what these young men and women experience, unless you've been there," said Bishop. "No one understands how to treat them. No one understands what it feels like and no one is able to help them until a law is put into place that allows [sexual predators] to be able to [get treatment] or send them to jail."

POSTED: Thursday, March 29, 2012, 4:41 PM

We'd like to offer a PhillyClout congrats to Nutter staffer Lauren Vidas, who's leaving the administration to serve as Voter Protection Coordinator for President Obama's re-election campaign in Pennsylvania.

"It has been an honor to work for Mayor Nutter and serve the citizens of Philadelphia over the last few years. I look forward to bringing my energy and passion for community engagement to President Obama's campaign," said Vidas, who will be overseeing a statewide effort to educate and offer legal counsel to voters in the wake of the state Voter ID bill, which will require voters to show identification at the polls.

Mayor Nutter praised Vidas, saying she was a great fit for the job.

POSTED: Thursday, March 29, 2012, 3:04 PM

Updated: To include correction on current "Resign to run" rule

In 2006 Councilman Jim Kenney tried to push a charter change that would allow city officials to remain in office while running for any public office.

But, voters shot down that effort.

POSTED: Thursday, March 29, 2012, 2:51 PM

The city Board of Ethics is set to end a workaround that allows some employees at the City Controller's office to skirt city ethics rules.

A small number of workers in the Controller's office have been able to avoid a city ban on political activity because they are paid through the School District. But Board of Ethics Executive Director Shane Creamer today released an opinion from the city solicitor, which said that those workers should be subject to the same rules as all other city employees.

Creamer said the board would reach out to the Controller's office to do training and will seek to enforce the rules moving forward, but would not reprimand anyone for any past behavior.

POSTED: Thursday, March 29, 2012, 1:48 PM
Sarah Palin

Former U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter told WHYY's Radio Times this morning that he found former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin strong on "sensuality" but short on "intellectualism" when she ran for vice president on the ticket with Sen. John McCain in 2008.

Specter is hawking his new book -- Life Among the Cannibals: A Political Career, a Tea Party Uprising and the End of Governing as We Know It -- and was asked to discuss a section we reported on two weeks ago, about when he first met Palin.  In the book, Specter writes that he noticed Palin's short skirt length and found that she "radiated sensuality."

"She is a beautiful woman," Specter said on Radio Times. "Intellectualism is not her long suit. Sensuality is. I think people would be interested in reading that section. I don’t want to give too much of the book away on this program."

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Chris Brennan, a native Philadelphian and graduate of Temple University, joined the Daily News in 1999. He has written about SEPTA, the Philadelphia School District, the legalization of casino gambling, state government, the mayor, the governor, City Council and political campaigns. E-mail tips to brennac@phillynews.com
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Jenny DeHuff is a 2005 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she cut her teeth in journalism. A South Philly transplant from New England, she joined the Daily News City Hall Bureau in 2013. For the past several years, she has worked as an investigative reporter exposing corruption in suburban politics, covering sometimes ghastly criminal court cases and following the people’s money and how its spent. In addition to being a dogged news hound, she enjoys reading and writing about travel, animals, Irish whiskey and aviation. E-mail tips to dehuffj@phillynews.com
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Sean Collins Walsh is from Bucks County and went to Northwestern University. He joined the Daily News copy desk in 2012 and now covers the Nutter administration. Before that, he interned at papers including The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News and The Seattle Times. E-mail tips to walshSE@phillynews.com
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